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March 2003 Archives

Home office attacks - The Guardian

'Civil liberties campaign group Privacy International has been attacked by the Home Office and by London mayor Ken Livingstone's staff, for what they see as unfair criticism of their records on privacy.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:48 PM Thu 27 Mar 2003 Categories: Awards , The Guardian
Lords debate on balancing security and liberty - Hansard

'Lord Lucas: I do not believe that I was entirely convinced by the argument of the noble Lord, Lord Wilson of Dinton, that the bureaucracy can be trusted to safeguard our liberty; nor was I convinced by the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Chester that the history of the Church is one of liberty. It certainly was not according to the way I was taught the history of the Church. I believe that, beyond anything else, the preservation of liberty is the business of Parliament and of others who are not concerned with government or, in other ways, with the powers in the land. They must ensure that this critical part of our being a free and worthwhile nation is preserved.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:40 PM Thu 27 Mar 2003 Categories: Hansard
2003 Big Brother Awards: The Winners - The Register

'Privacy International today announced the winners of the 2003 Big Brother Awards. One of the judges, estimable Dr Ian Brown of the Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR), writes: "It was alternatively amusing and depressing to be one of the judges for these awards. RIP and data retention played a large part in our deliberations..."' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:10 AM Wed 26 Mar 2003 Categories: Awards , The Register
Mayor Ken named Big Bad Brother - BBC

'London mayor Ken Livingstone has won the Worst Public Servant category at this year's Big Brother Awards for his surveillance of transport systems.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:09 AM Wed 26 Mar 2003 Categories: Awards , BBC
Blair Tagged as Privacy Threat - Wired News

London-based Privacy International announced Monday its 2003 U.K. Big Brother Awards, which the group presents annually to "the most persistent and egregious privacy invaders in Britain." link

Posted by SteveC at 11:06 AM Wed 26 Mar 2003 Categories: Awards , Wired News
Tory peers move to block snoopers' bill - The Guardian

'Lord Strathcylde, the Tory leader in the Lords, is prepared to obstruct government secondary legislation to stop what is seen as an infringe ment of civil liberties. The government plans that every local authority and a number of other public bodies and quangos will have access to phone, email and internet data, though not the content of these communications.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:19 AM Thu 20 Mar 2003 Categories: Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , The Guardian
How to avoid the online snoopers - BBC

'Where is the line to be drawn when it comes to protecting privacy and respected the law in the digital world, asks technology consultant Bill Thompson.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:02 AM Sun 16 Mar 2003 Categories: BBC , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , RIP Statutory Instrument (Part I Chapter 2)
Disproportionate costs - The Inquirer

'This week saw the Home Office launch two consultations on communications data. The first covers access to communications data under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) - this is the revision to the set of proposals to allow everyone from the food safety people to the local parish council to see your data if they wanted to. The second is the voluntary code of practice for data retention under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act (ATCS) - this is the bit about what data must be kept.' link

Posted by SteveC at 01:57 AM Sun 16 Mar 2003 Categories: Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , RIP Statutory Instrument (Part I Chapter 2) , The Inquirer
How [comms data] trapped 9/11 mastermind - The Guardian

'The electronic surveillance network Echelon played a key role in the capture of the alleged September 11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, it was reported yesterday - as did a $27m (18m) payment to an "al-Qaida foot soldier", who may be planning to relocate to Britain.' link

Posted by SteveC at 01:29 AM Fri 14 Mar 2003 Categories: The Guardian
Phone and e-mail 'snoopers' charter' is watered down - The Independent

'The Home Secretary admitted that he had blundered by drawing up plans last summer for what soon became known as a "snoopers' charter". The proposals, authorising Whitehall departments and local councils to access private information, have been watered down after opposition from civil liberties groups and computer professionals.' link

Posted by SteveC at 08:13 PM Wed 12 Mar 2003 Categories: Code of Practice , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , The Independent
Wide powers for state bodies in new 'snoopers' charter' - The Telegraph

'More than 24 state agencies and hundreds of local government officials will be given powers to demand the personal details of citizens under a revamped "snooper's charter" published yesterday.'link

Posted by SteveC at 08:11 PM Wed 12 Mar 2003 Categories: Code of Practice , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , The Telegraph
The 'snoopers' charter' explained - The Guardian

'What is the snoopers' charter? It's a plan to give state agencies access to your telephone, internet and email records. Data would include information including who you call on your mobile phone, and where you are calling from, and to whom and when you sent emails.' link

Posted by SteveC at 08:04 PM Wed 12 Mar 2003 Categories: Code of Practice , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , The Guardian
New limits may allay fears on snooping - The Guardian

'The proposals won a mixed response from civil liberties groups. John Wadham, the director of Liberty, said: "The original snooper's charter proposals were appallingly excessive. We welcome much of the government plan to step back from them. But authorities accessing this data should need a warrant from a judge - that's the only truly independent safeguard that can produce public confidence."' link

Posted by SteveC at 08:01 PM Wed 12 Mar 2003 Categories: Code of Practice , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , The Guardian
Fears persist as agencies get access to data - Financial Times

'The City regulator, the Office of Fair Trading and a host of other investigative bodies are set to have the power to access telephone and internet data following a review of the government's so-called "snoopers charter".' link

Posted by SteveC at 07:58 PM Wed 12 Mar 2003 Categories: Code of Practice , Financial Times , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2)
Retention of communications data: Home Office consults - out-law.com

'The legislation does not oblige telcos and ISPs to retain data. However, it is worded such that if the industry doesn't accept a voluntary code of practice, the Government can make the retention requirement mandatory. And the views expressed within the industry have suggested that a voluntary Code will be rejected.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:50 PM Wed 12 Mar 2003 Categories: Code of Practice , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , out-law.com
RIP rethink doesn't go far - PC Plus

'Number of 'snoopers' reduced but no change to the six year logs' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:47 PM Wed 12 Mar 2003 Categories: Code of Practice , Govt. Consultations , PC Plus , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2)
Ministers scale down 'snooper 's charter' - The Guardian

Officials had planned to allow a vast range of public bodies - including seven Whitehall departments, local councils and 11 quangos - the right to demand access to private communications records. link

Posted by SteveC at 04:42 PM Wed 12 Mar 2003 Categories: Code of Practice , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , The Guardian
British govt wants more snooping powers - TheStar

'Civil liberties groups have criticised the much publicised proposals, branding them a "snoopers' charter'' and the harbinger of an Orwellian state.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:37 PM Wed 12 Mar 2003 Categories: Code of Practice , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , TheStar
Licence to snoop - The Telegraph

'The Act has always been controversial. When the Home Office proposed extending it so that a huge range of government agencies and other public bodies, including local authorities, would be able to monitor our internet, email and telephone records with virtually no judicial control, all hell broke loose.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:34 PM Wed 12 Mar 2003 Categories: Code of Practice , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , The Telegraph
Government outlines data retention plans - VNUNET

'Under the government proposals, mobile operators and internet service providers (ISPs) will be required to store information on users for up to 12 months. Details of who sent and received emails will need to be kept for six months.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:27 PM Wed 12 Mar 2003 Categories: Code of Practice , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
Data retention in the UK: It's a whole new ball game... - Silicon.com

'The UK government is scaling down its data retention plans in a renewed effort to quell public and industry disquiet, but even the new 'softer' policies have met with a mixed response, with one prominent think-tank labelling them a "sham".' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:13 PM Wed 12 Mar 2003 Categories: Code of Practice , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , Silicon.com
Home Office in two minds on snooping - FIPR releases

'In June 2002 the Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR) was the first to draw attention to the Government's totally disproportionate proposals for access to communications data (records of email senders and receivers, phone numbers called or web pages visited). The Home Office apparently intended for every Whitehall or Town Hall bureaucrat to have access to this highly sensitive data. They now admit this was "not proportionate" and have set out schemes for limiting the type of data that might be accessed and the controls that might be applied.' Read the full FIPR release here

Posted by SteveC at 04:11 PM Wed 12 Mar 2003 Categories: FIPR releases , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , RIP Oversight (Part IV) , RIP Statutory Instrument (Part I Chapter 2)
Cautious response to 'snoop' plans - BBC

"I would have expected rock sold commitments but instead the government is saying 'let's have another debate'. I'd have thought we were beyond that and now we seem to be back to square one," - Simon Davies, Head of Privacy International link

Posted by SteveC at 04:54 PM Tue 11 Mar 2003 Categories: BBC , Code of Practice , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2)
Home Office set to release consultation papers - Govt. Consultations

After backing down on the draconian proposals last summer the Home Office is set to release two consulation papers today at 11am. 'Access to communications data - respecting privacy and protecting the public from crime' and 'A consultation paper on a code of practice for voluntary retention of communications data' should be available after 11.

Posted by SteveC at 12:38 AM Tue 11 Mar 2003 Categories: Code of Practice , Govt. Consultations
Home Office 'tones down' data regulation plans - EuropeMedia.net

'In June 2002, following intense pressure from the media and civil liberties groups, the Home Secretary David Blunkett was forced to shelve a controversial draft order extending the reach of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) to public authorities.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:28 AM Tue 11 Mar 2003 Categories: Code of Practice , EuropeMedia.net , Govt. Consultations
In praise of David Blunkett - The Guardian

'His new proposals are still flawed, but they are better than before' link

Posted by SteveC at 01:42 PM Mon 3 Mar 2003 Categories: The Guardian